The final night of the Sanremo Music Festival 2016 gave us plenty of drama. Fan favourites Annalisa and Arisa missed out on the top 3, whilst Stadio went on to win this year’s competition ahead of Francesca Michielin and Giovanni Caccamo & Deborah Iurato.
But after a long night, RAI have confirmed that Francesca will represent Italy at Eurovision 2016. RAI’s short press release seems to suggest that the Sanremo runner-up will sing “Nessun grado di separazione”. However, the official Eurovision website is more coy, saying that the full details have yet to be confirmed.
Francesca excitedly broke the news on Twitter earlier this afternoon.
— Francesca Michielin (@francescacheeks) February 14, 2016
Francesca Michielin “Nessun grado di separazione”
This comes after over twelve hours of uncertainty. Upon their victory, Stadio immediately turned down the chance to represent Italy at Eurovision 2016, as you can see in the tweet below. However, they later said that they would “think about it” and reconsider their decision.
— Eurovision Rai (@EurovisionRai) February 14, 2016
Another press conference took place on Sunday morning. After the discussion on the show’s overall success from Rai’s Giancarlo Leone, host Carlo Conti spoke to Stadio over the phone. The result? The group clarified that they were still undecided. The final decision was made behind closed doors.
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